Agatha Christie's Marple (2004–2013)
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The Blue Geranium 

A superstitious woman dies of apparent fright after her fate is foretold by a medium, but Miss Marple is convinced of foul play.

Director:

David Moore

Writers:

Stewart Harcourt (screenplay), Agatha Christie (short story)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julia McKenzie ... Miss Marple
Sharon Small ... Mary Pritchard
Toby Stephens ... George Pritchard
Claudie Blakley ... Philippa Pritchard
Joanna Page ... Hester
Claire Rushbrook ... Caroline
Ian East Ian East ... John the gardener
Kevin McNally ... Detective Somerset (as Kevin R. McNally)
Richard Betts ... Clerk of the Court
Derek Hutchinson ... Concierge
Donald Sinden ... Sir Henry Clithering
Jason Durr ... Eddie Seward
David Calder ... Dermot
Paul Rhys ... Lewis Pritchard
Patrick Baladi ... Jonathan Frayn
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While visiting her friend Dermot in Little Ambrose, Miss Marple is drawn into investigating the death of Eddie Seward, whom she'd met on the bus and who is found having apparently drowned in the river.Within a few days however, there is a second suspicious death, that of Mary Pritchard who seems to have died from fright. She was disliked by many and had recently caused a scene when her husband George was inaugurated as the Captain of the local golf club. Even Dermot disliked her as did her sister Philippa, who was once engaged to George, whom she described as the love of her life. Phillipa ended up marrying George's brother, Lewis Pritchard, and they are constantly having money problems. A third death - this time one of George Pritchard's former mistresses - convinces Inspector Somerset that George, who conveniently confesses, is the murderer. Miss Marple thinks otherwise and sets out to prove it. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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UK

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English

Release Date:

27 June 2010 (USA) See more »

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Agatha Christie: Marple - The Blue Geranium See more »

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Last UK TV role of Donald Sinden. See more »

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When Goerge and Jerry are outside arguing about George always supporting Jerry, a long shot shows a car pull up from the left. When the camera cuts back to George, the car is in the background facing the other direction. It then returns to its original position in the next shot. See more »

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Beware the sting of the Wasp.
6 October 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Stewart Harcourt strikes again, he's proved to be a very successful writer when it comes to Doctor Who. The Blue Geranium is a very good short story, what a brilliant screenplay to get a full length adaptation out of it, particularly one which is first rate.

Miss Marple turns up at Little Ambrose to visit her friend and local Reverend Dermot. There is unease for the wife of local wealthy benefactor George Pritchard, his wife Mary is bed ridden and lives in fear of her life. Mary has become infatuated with her own health, imagining illnesses, attended to by a nurse, she seeks assurances from a mysterious fortune teller known as Zarida, who prophecises doom associated by seeing blue flowers, accidents when she sees blue hollyhocks, and death when she sees a blue geranium. Tragedy strikes as Mary is found dead, and a geranium on the wallpaper is witnessed turning blue.

Beautifully acted, there are so many good performances, McKenzie herself, Sharon Small, Toby Stephens, but Claire Rushbrook is absolutely brilliant, in recent years she's proved to be able to turn her hand to anything, she is excellent. I have to mention also the brief performance from Jason Durr as Eddie Seward, excellent.

I think it's one of the standout episodes from the entire Marple series, all the elements work so well. It really is first rate, beautifully produced, it passes by too quickly. 10/10 brilliant.


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